The new US aid package may include long-range missiles for the first time; The US is ready to use nuclear weapons in case of North Korean aggression – Pentagon. Athletistic highlights yesterday’s key events.
The US is preparing a new aid package for Ukraine – White House
The White House has expressed hope that more security assistance will be announced soon. This was announced in a briefing by First Deputy Press Secretary of the White House, Olivia Dalton. The media later reported that the new aid package would cost $2.2 billion and would include long-range missiles for the first time.
The US is ready to use nuclear weapons in case of North Korean aggression – Pentagon
The United States is prepared to respond to North Korean aggression with a variety of weapons, including nuclear weapons. This is what the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, said in a briefing after a meeting with the head of the Ministry of Defense of South Korea. It noted that the US Defense Secretary is now visiting Seoul, where Washington is trying to reassure its key Asian ally on nuclear commitments amid a growing threat from North Korea. “The United States is firmly committed to its expanded deterrence commitment, which includes the full range of defense capabilities, including conventional, nuclear and missile defenses,” Austin said.
Reznikov went to negotiate in Paris in the F-16
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov traveled to the French capital Paris on Tuesday, January 31, to discuss with the French side the issue of transferring F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Later, in France, three criteria were announced for the transfer of F-16 to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Air Force says Ukraine needs up to 200 multipurpose aircraft. They noted that the aviation group of the occupiers, focused on four dozen airfields in Russia, Belarus, the occupied territories, is five to six times larger than the Ukrainian aviation in terms of the number of combat vehicle
Scholz called the condition of negotiations with Russia
Negotiations with the Kremlin are possible only if Russian troops are withdrawn from Ukraine. In addition, no agreements can be reached without the participation of the Ukrainian side. This is what German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.
Ukraine improved its performance in the Corruption Perceptions Index ranking
Ukraine moved up in the 2022 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. This is proven by this rating data. Ukraine is 116th out of 180 countries with 33 points, while in 2021 it will be 122nd. The ranking’s compilers noted that war-torn Ukraine is one of the few countries that has significantly improved its results, gaining eight points since 2013.
Media finds out what the EU will announce on Ukraine’s accession
The European Union at the summit will praise Ukraine for its progress on membership-related reforms. However, Member States continue to disagree on the pace of entry. This was reported by the Euractiv publication referring to the draft communiqué of the Ukraine-EU summit. According to the project, the leaders of the EU and Ukraine want to reaffirm that “the future of Ukraine and its citizens depends on the European Union” and “their commitment to support the further European integration of Ukraine.”
Kuleba named the number of Western tanks for Ukraine
In the first wave of aid from Western allies, Ukraine will receive 120-140 modern tanks. This is what Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said. He noted that now the tank coalition has 12 members. However, according to the minister, it is too early to name all the countries of the coalition and their practical assistance, as some still need to make formal decisions in accordance with their internal procedures.
Latvian Foreign Ministry: The Baltic States and Poland oppose the entry of the Russian Federation into the 2024 Olympics
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said on January 31 that the Baltic countries and Poland oppose the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the Olympic Games, this also applies to the possibility of performing under a neutral flag. “We all agree that as long as Russia, with the support of Belarus, continues unprovoked direct aggression against Ukraine, such a step cannot be supported, it is unacceptable,” he said.
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